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Pocket Book 

Written By: Casey Dougherty 


Fabric (4) 

6. 75"x5.25" pieces (2) for cover exterior and interior, and 5"x2. 75" (2) for pockets 

Interfacing (2) 

Bias tape (11") 

Elastic (11") 

Lightweight plastic (1) 

or cereal box cardboard for added stiffness. Keep in mind that plastic is washable. 

• Paper (6 sheets) 

letter-sized paper, your choice of color, texture, etc. 

Decorations (1) 
any materials 

Scissors (1) 

Needle and thread (1) 
or sewing machine. 

Iron (1) 

X-Acto knifed) 


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Moleskine notebooks have been popular for some time now, and for good reason: they are 
small and convenient, and can help even the most scatterbrained people stay organized. Of 
course, no Moleskine is complete without some personalizing modifications, but why rely on 
a few stickers to do the job when you can make the whole notebook from scratch? 

Consider these instructions as a basic starting point for your own wallet-sized notebook. 
Potential must-have modifications are endless: a pen loop, a clasped pocket, a page marker 
... you get the idea. In addition to numerous personalization possibilities, it's easy to transfer 
the booklet between covers to accommodate your changing stylistic and functional needs. 

Step 1 — Iron on interfacing. 

• The interfacing attaches to the 
back (wrong) side of the fabric to 
stiffen it. This makes it more 
durable and easier to decorate, 
while preventing puckering. Center 
it shiny side down on the back of 
the exterior fabric piece and the 
interior fabric piece. Using a press 
cloth, iron to fuse. 

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Step 2 — Prepare the pockets, decorate and attach. 

• Attach the bias tape to one of the long sides on both pocket pieces. To attach the bias 
tape, insert the pocket fabric's raw edge into the fold of the tape. Sew along the bottom 
edge of the tape, just under 1/4" in from the finished edge. This will become the top, or 
opening, of the pocket. 

• The remaining 3 sides of each pocket are roll hemmed. Use an iron to fold over and press 
1/4" of hem. Then, roll the first hem over itself and press again. The raw edge hides in the 
fold of the fabric. 

• Decorate any of the pieces as you like, leaving 1/4" perimeter around the interior and 
exterior pieces for the seams. Also, remember that the pockets will cover the majority of 
the interior of the book. 

• Center the pockets 1/4" in from the ends and sides of the interior piece. Orient the 
openings to face toward the middle. This will leave approximately 1 1/4" between the 
pocket's openings in the center/spine of the cover. Attach by sewing around the bottom 
and sides, making sure to secure the rolled hem. 

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Step 3 — Sew together. 

• Face the good sides of the interior 
and exterior pieces together. Orient 
them identically so that the top of 
one piece meets the top of the 
other. Sew a 1/4" hem (next to, not 
into, the interfacing) along one 
short side and both long sides, 
leaving one short side open. Turn 
the sleeve inside out so that the 
correct sides now face outward. 
Press the seams. 

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Step 4 — Insert plastic/cardboard and make the paper block. 

• If you are using plastic, score down 
the middle, bisecting the 2 long 
sides. This will create a flexible 
spine for your book. Make 2 more 
scores, 1/4" on either side of the 
first score, to allow for the 
thickness of the booklet. Cardboard 
will fold easily for the spine, and 
should not be scored. Slip the 
plastic or cardboard into the 

• Close the opening, fold in a 1/4" 
hem on both sides of the opening 
and stitch closed. 

• To make your paper block, cut the 
letter-sized paper into quarters. 
Fold the quarter sheets in half, 
matching the short ends together. 
Stack together and pierce the spine 
1/4" down with a needle. Run a 
needle and thread through the hole 
and tie together. These pages will 
hold together nicely, but can easily 
be torn out if needed. 

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Step 5 — Assemble the book! 

• Match both ends of the elastic 
together and tie an overhand knot, 
creating a closed loop. Use the 
elastic to attach the booklet to the 
cover. The booklet can easily be 
replaced or exchanged, and 
receipts and other important papers 
can be slipped through the elastic 
band for safekeeping. 

This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 02 , pages 124-126. 

This document was last generated on 2012-11-03 01 :43:38 AM. 

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